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Huawei reportedly launching four P9 smartphones, but not at MWC 2016

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Huawei plans to release four new variants of its flagship smartphone range this year, according to a report on Monday.

VentureBeat sources say the Huawei P9 range, which will replace 2015’s P8 line-up, will come in multiple flavours, but say the firm will not unveil them at MWC 2016 next month.

Those familiar with the plans say there’ll be a flagship P9, plus a P9lite, a larger P9max and an enhanced ‘premium’ iteration.

That as-yet-unnamed handset could feature a dual-lens 12-megapixel camera, which builds upon the tech offered by the Honor 6 Plus handset, with a host of new software features.

Interestingly, the sources claim that none of the 2016 crop will include a QHD display. That would mean the Google-branded Nexus 6 is the only Huawei handset to offer the next-generation screen resolution of 1440 x 2560.

See also: MWC 2016: What to expect

As for Huawei’s reluctance to launch the range at MWC, it seems the Chinese firm is hoping to avoid being lost in the shuffle during what’s likely to be a packed event.

Instead the new handsets will come “weeks” after the Barcelona expo, according to the sources. However, the company will seek to a Surface Book-like laptop hybrid, according to the report.

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